February 9, 2013

Men's Tennis Trumps ABAC for First Victory of Season in Home Opener

The Oglethorpe men's tennis team opened their home season Saturday against Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, and rode a sweep of the doubles competition to their first victory of the year.

The Petrels started the day out with a 3-0 lead, thanks to a sweep of the doubles portion of the competition against their highly-ranked junior college opponents. The doubles team of senior Bryan Bailey and freshman C.J. Antonio won 8-3, while the team of sophomores Ben Hirsch and Kirk Zhao won 8-3 and the team of freshman Briton Richardson and junior Rajiv Dinakaran outlasted their opponent 8-5.

In the singles portion of the competition, Zhao won his match in the No. 5 slot 6-2, 6-1. This put the Petrels only one match away from clinching the victory. The next match to finish was the No. 1 singles match, where junior Ethan Motz fell 6-3, 6-2, keeping ABAC in it at 4-1.

However, moments later freshman Nick Roby clinched the day for the Petrels when he closed out a comprehensive 6-2, 6-0 victory against his opponent.

Though Oglethorpe went on to lose all three of the remaining matches, they still took home the 5-4 victory, their first of the season.

The Petrels improve to 1-1 on the season after this weekend. They will take the court again next Monday, when they battle Washington and Lee from the Downing Howell Courts at 3 p.m.

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